Antony and Cleopatra Act IV, Scenes 10, 11, and 12: Questions and Answers

William Shakespeare

Act IV, Scenes 10, 11, and 12: Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. The later fighting in Act IV was disastrous to Antony for two highly important reasons. What were they?

2. In Scene 10, what does Antony mean when he says, “I would they’d fight i’th’fire or i’th’air”?

3. At the beginning of Scene 12, Scarrus says, “Swallows have built/In Cleopatra’s sails their nests.” What does he mean?

4. What is the meaning of Scarrus’ comment about the “augurers”?

5. Antony, seeing Cleopatra’s ships once again give up the fight, but this time defect to Octavius (Caesar), calls Cleopatra a “Triple-turned whore.” To what is he referring?

6. Antony tells Scarrus to “Bid them all fly.”...

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